GizBot Daily Digest - March 9, 2016: Bengaluru Hacker Finds Facebook Bug, LeEco Le 2 & more!

    Today, we came across lots of interesting stuffs on the technology front, starting from smartphones rumours to AlphaGo, a program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, has defeated legendary Go player Lee Se-dol. In this article, we have jotted down the top 10 trending news of the day.

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    Followed by lot of speculations, the Samsung has launched Galaxy J1 (2016) (SM-J120) (4G)in Russia, Galaxy J1 mini (SM-J105) (3G) in both Phillipines and Russia . Both the smartphones come with Dual SIM support and Android 5.1.1 OS out of the box.

    Coming to the specs, the Galaxy J1 (2016) packs a 4.5-inch device, Quad-core Exynos 3475 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM with expandable memory, 5MP/2MP camera, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, 4G LTE and 2050mAh battery.

    On the other hand, the Galaxy J1 Mini sports a 4-inch display, Quad-core processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB ROM with expandable memory, 5MP/0.3MP camera, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and 1500mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) and Galaxy J1 Mini come in Gold, White and Black variants.


    The successor of Le 1s has been surfaced on the Internet revealing some specs and image of the device. As per the report, the so-called LeEco Le 2 comes with bezel-less design, square camera module instead of circular one. Another source reveals that the smartphone comes with ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and metal body.

    As we can see, the volume buttons and the lock/power button are on the right side. The LeEco Le 2 is expected to come with USB Type-C Port on the centre with speaker grill on both the sides. On the specifications, this device is reported to come with Snapdragon 820 SoC or the MediaTek Helio X20 SoC with 4GB RAM.



    Few days, before, there were rumour that the search engine giant Google will release two Nexus device this year made by HTC. However, the recent rumour states that, Google has approached HTC to make Nexus device for next three years.

    As per the report from MyDrivers, the Taiwan-based handset maker HTC has inked a three years contact with Alphabet to make the Nexus devices. On the other hand, the LG has opted out of the Nexus program earlier this month. Earlier this year, reputed tipster LlabTooFeR suggested that HTC will make two Nexus phones, code named -- T50' and ‘T55', where the T50 will sport a 5-inch display and T55 will have a 5.5 display.


    Chinese handset maker, Huawei has sent out the media invites for the launch of Huawei P9 smartphone. The invite says, "save the date" mentioning the launch date I.e April 6th, and on the top it had mentioned, "Change the way you see the world".

    As per the rumour, the company might launch 4 variants of Huawei P9, where the mainstream model will sport a 5.2-inch display with a Kirin 950 chipset.


    Following the launch of Blade D2, ZTE has also launched the Blade V580 in the Japanese market. This device can be pre-ordered in Japan at a price tag of JPY 27,800 (approx Rs. 16,600). Like, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, this device also comes with fingerprint sensor, which is used to click pictures apart from unlocking the device.

    On the specification front, the Blade V580 is packed with 5.5-inch full-HD display, Octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, 2GB RAM, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 16GB built-in memory, expandable upto 32GB, 13MP/5MP camera, 4G LTE and 3000mAh battery.


    Recently, Google has rolled out the update for the Nexus 5X addressing some glitches that prevented the device from performing well. Few days back, a Google employee, who goes by GoogleNexusCM on the message board, has mentioned that Google has released an OTA update with build MHC19J for the Nexus 5X to make it more performance efficient, apart from March Android security update.

    The change log of the update:

    General slow/sluggish performance
    DND next alarm disappearing issue
    Bluetooth/ Wi-Fi improvements
    Carrier-specific bug fixes


    Cupertino giant, Apple is reportedly coming up with a 5.8-inch display iPhone employing tough AMOLED display panel, which might get launched in 2017 or 2018. Moreover, Apple is planning to launch two variants of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with single-lens camera and dual lens camera.


    Xiaomi's latest smartphone Redmi Note 3, went on flash sale today for the first time in the Indian market. Like other Redmi devices, the Redmi Note 3 went out of stock in few minutes on both and Amazon India websites. However, the second flash sale is scheduled on March 16.

    Anyhow, the company hasn't revealed how many Redmi Note 3 units were available today for the flash sale.


    Bengaluru-based computer hacker Anand Prakash has been awarded Rs. 10 lakh for finding a bug on the social website Facebook;s login system. This bug if not handled, could let the hackers access a user's messages, photos and even debit/credit card details as well.

    In fact, Anand has sent the bug report to Facebook security team on February 22 and received a mail about the reward on March 2.


    Itseems its time for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) to take over! In the latest update, AlphaGo, a program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, has defeated Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five historic matches held in Seoul. Lee gave up after about three and a half hours, with 28 minutes and 28 seconds remaining on his clock.

    Basically, Go is an ancient Chinese board game that has been considered the great challenges faced by AI. Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program is the most advanced effort using a complex system of deep neural networks and machine learning.

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